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Students use iPads in new 'My Cultural Object' learning program

By: Ms Helen Wheeler, Category: Lifelong Learning, Date: 19 Oct 2011

Students displayed personally significant cultural objects at the Museum today.

WW1 Bugle

Helen Wheeler © Australian Museum

Today 47 Year 6 students brought in to the Museum an amazing array of culturally significant objects. As part of a new 'My Cultural Object' learning program, they brought in objects passed down through generations in their families.

I was stunned and touched by the thought-provoking objects, some dating back to the 1800s. The students brought in jewellery, trophies, medals, books, toys, objects used at weddings, funerals and christenings, clothing, coins, letters, war memorabilia, photos and ornaments. Some artefacts were important to themselves or their family while other objects are of national significance.

A bugle used at Gallipoli, a hand-written diary by a WW1 Colonel, a map used in WW1, a letter from the Queen appointing the New South Wales Governor in 1957, an Olympic gold medal, coins and jewellery dating back to the 1800s are just the tip of the iceberg.

Students presented their objects to the group and then explored some traditional Aboriginal objects in a hands-on investigation. They visited the Indigenous Australians gallery and used iPads to engage with the exhibition.

I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to view the objects and to hear the stories behind them. I was excited but apprehensive about using iPads in learning activities for the first time but it was extremely successful. Thanks to Nathan for his help today. I'm looking forward to more adventures with this program and the iPads.

1 comment

Lynda Kelly - 12.10 AM, 20 October 2011

Sounds great Helen, especially interested in how the iPads worked - do you have any thoughts you could share please? We're doing a research project on iPads in museums (well, our intern Irene Rubino is) so be good to have a chat with her about it (she's camped at Russ/s desk at moment).

Congrats!

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